Becoming a Certified Interior Decorator- bringing your clients vision to life

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What is a Certified Interior Decorator ?

The Certified Interior Decorator certification is issued by a professional organization known as Certified Interior Decorators International (C.I.D.). This organization maintains a list of approved and accredited programs. Traditional classroom programs are available, as are online and home-study programs.

Interior decorators select and arrange decor for the home, including furniture and lighting. They work closely with clients to ensure that their vision for a room or home space is well conceived and executed. As decorators often travel to clients’ homes, they should have a personable and professional demeanor and flexible schedule. Full time work is available and hours are flexible.

How Do You Become A Certified Interior Decorator?

There are two ways to become a Certified Interior Decorator (CID). Students can enroll in a CID-accredited interior-decorating program, which includes use of the CID study guide and membership exam; or they can complete a CID-approved course of study and apply for the exam separately. If students chose to complete an interior-decorating program that isn’t accredited or approved by the CID, they can submit the program’s curriculum to the Certified Interior Decorators International for review.

Coursework in a CID accredited interior-decorating program covers topics in design, color theory, lighting, and floor plans. Aspiring decorators will also study the history of interior decorating, furniture styles, and business practices. Courses in drafting and CiD allow students to produce designs or sketches by hand and on a computer. Students may have to purchase some tools of the trade like drafting templates. Program lengths vary by institution from several months of full time attendance to two years of part-time study.

After completing the required coursework, applicants for professional membership in Certified Interior Decorators International must pass an exam. Memberships vary in length and must be renewed each year. Applicants can purchase the official CID study guide to help them prepare for the test. Exams can be mailed in or completed online. 



1 Creative job – All of us want our jobs to have some sort of creativity in it. There should be a unique element in the job but most of the jobs lack creativity. It is the same work which one has to do repeatedly, every day. There is no scope of creativity and it is dull. But if you choose interior decoration as your work profile, you get space to use your creative skills. Interior decoration is all about creativity and uniqueness. You need to be different from others in the market to grow in this industry.

2 Good salary – Interior decoration also gives you a good salary. Interior decorators charge a high amount for their work. You won’t get a good salary in the initial period. You might be paid less in the starting period of the career and even will have to lower your prices as compared to others in the market but once you are set in the business and gain the name, you will get a good salary and will earn well.

3 Growing Industry – Interior decoration is a rapidly growing industry and in last few years it has reached to great height. The major reason for this is that 15 to 20 years back, not many believed in interior decorators but due to modernization this industry has reached to a different level. Also, there is enough work in this business. People who already have a house are modifying it and need interior decorators for that purpose and all the new projects of housing, for sure, need interior decorators for the same.

4 Meeting new people – Another interesting part of the job is that you get to meet new people every day. Many just dream of meeting and seeing new faces every day but this job offers you that. In Interior decorating, you get to meet new people, listen to their stories, a chance to see different houses regularly and use your creativity to improve the interior of the house. Interesting job and decent income, now what more you want?

5 Quick returns – Unlike other businesses, interior decoration is comparatively cheap if it is about setting up a new business. The investment is less as you need not put a lot of money in buying assets or the machinery for the business. For instance to start a Hospital or a manufacturing business, you will have to buy plant and machinery but in Interior decoration there is no need of such machines and that’s why the returns are quick. Your creative is your asset.


According to, in May 2016 interior decorators earned a median hourly wage of $24.00 an hour which was based on a 40-hour week and translates into $49,920 a year. As of May 2015, interior decorators earned a median hourly wage of $23.48, or $48,840 a year, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 


Once an applicant earns certification, he/she has access to members-only sections of the CID website, which contain resources and networking opportunities. Professionals can also order drafting tools and other job-related products through the CID.

Certified interior decorators choose and arrange décor for homes, including furniture and lighting. Certification can be obtained through Certified Interior Decorators International, after which CIDs who work 40 hours a week may earn a median annual wage of $49,920 a year, as reported by

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